It used to be that only hit shows had spinoffs. Tonight that changes, as CBS introduces "Street Stories," a spinoff of "48 Hours."
In case you didn't know it, "48 Hours" is not a hit. It is a "reality" show produced by CBS News that stays on the prime-time schedule mainly because it is less expensive to make than a sitcom or drama. In the new downsized universe of network TV, less expensive is what counts. And "Street Stories" looks even less expensive than "48 Hours." It is definitely less expensive than "The Trials of Rosie O'Neill," which it replaces on the schedule.
At this point, CBS is committed to only four weeks of "Street Stories" starting at 9 tonight on WBAL-TV (Channel 11). The magazine-style show has "60 Minutes" correspondent Ed Bradley as host and features a team of reporters: Bernard Goldberg, Victoria Corderi, Harold Dow, and Bob McKeown (the guy who got to Kuwait first for CBS in the final moments of the Gulf War). Only three of the four segments in tonight's show were available for preview: a story on drunken drivers in Florida, gay bashing in Houston, and an unorthodox judge in Tennessee.